Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Howzat for a Super Effort by TN's Cricketers to Finish in Second; CRICKET

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Howzat for a Super Effort by TN's Cricketers to Finish in Second; CRICKET

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NORTHUMBRIA University men's cricket cemented their place among the best in the country after finishing runners-up in the BUCS National Super Eights.

The team played five games in eight hours - reaching the final with a 100% win record.

Star batsman Jake Birkett said: "I thought we were brilliant all the way through the competition but especially in these finals.

"We play with a really high intensity so to keep that going over the course of 15 games was impressive. It was a massive day for us - we lost good players last year so getting this far was a bit of a shock.

"We were told we were the only university there to have never won the competition, so we were up against great teams.

"We were not able to make it out of our group last year so our goals at the start of the year were quite realistic.

"I think we took a few teams by surprise and all of a sudden the final crept up on us. On the pitch I believe we can beat anyone on our day but we had never talked about making the finals. …

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